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Throwback Thursday: Mountain Climbing

MOUNTAIN CLIMBING

The Lord God is my strength;

He will make my feet like deer’s feet,

And He will make me walk on my high hills.   –Hab. 3:19a

 

It is amazing how God has enabled animals to not only survive, but to thrive in their natural habitats. Some live in oceans, some live in pastures and others, like the deer in this verse live on the cliffs of the mountains. These types of animals are surefooted because of the way God created their feet. There is a mountain goat in the U.S. which lives in the heights of the Rocky Mountains. The bottom of their feet is made like mountain climbing boots. If God has done this for the animals, won’t He do even more for us (Matt. 6:26)?

As Christians journey through life, there are mountains to climb. These are the trials of life, with burdens to bear, and it feels like you cannot make one more step up that mountainside. Yet God has equipped us to climb, just like the deer and the mountain goat. He is our strength. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”(1 Cor. 10:13). The Greek word which is translated “temptation” can also be translated as “trial”.

God must really want us to understand that He has strengthened His children to climb these mountains. It is also found in2 Sam. 22:34 and Psalm 18:33. What is your mountain? Thank You God, for abundant strength!

Copyright 2012 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

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Throwback Thursday: A Shelter from Storms

 

A SHELTER FROM STORMS

 

And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat,

For a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

Is. 4:6 (NKJV)

If you are ever in Nags Head North Carolina, visit Jeanette’s Pier. It is not your typical fishing pier, and it has a nice enclosed area with a large aquarium full of different types of fish.

We were leaving the pier to walk up the beach to our motel when we heard the crash of thunder. As lightening flashed across the dark sky, we quickly returned inside until the storm was over. I did not want to be there any longer. I would have preferred to wait it out in my motel room, where I could have done something constructive, such as writing. Here we were, safe from the storm, and I turned my attention to a striped fish in the aquarium. He was a spade fish, and I was content to watch him swim.

I considered how life is the same way. We seek God’s shelter during our storms. We certainly do not want to be where we are, but we are in a situation that we are powerless to change. How we long for our lives to get back to normal, but we must ride out the storm with God as our shelter.

It is during those times that we must find our spade fish, our contentment. It could be time in the Bible as we are comforted by God’s promises. It could be a time when we are surrounded by family and friends, or it could be a private time spent alone with God. Paul said, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” (Phil. 4:11). Note that contentment is something we learn. It doesn’t come naturally.

Are you seeking God’s Shelter during a storm today? Know that you are safe, and be content until the storm passes by.

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.